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Castle hotel (Castello di Tornano) in Tuscany. Large cypress tree in front and others to right. Swimming pool below tower of hotel. Grassy lawn surrounds the castle hotel.

Accommodation Options in Italy – From Agriturismos to Villas (and Everything Inbetween)

You’ve booked your plane tickets to Italy.  And now… where are you going to stay? Sure, you’ve got plenty of traditional hotel options throughout the country, but why not mix it up a little and stay in a rifugio or masseria?  “Wait!” you say, “what are those?!” Don’t worry – I’ll walk you through your …

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Elegant woman eating gelato and standing in front of Neve di Latte Gelateria in Rome.

Where to Find the Best Gelato in Rome – From a Gelato-Loving Mom in Italy

Ciao!  Are you searching for the most amazing gelato in Rome?  I’m a mamma of three living in Italy and we spend a lot of time eating gelato in Florence and on all of our family travels around the country!  Below you’ll find our top gelato shops (called gelaterie here in Italy) that you should …

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Matera, Italy's historic center. Ravine in foreground and some wildflowers.

Visiting Matera, Italy in 2024 – Complete Guide + 13 Best Things To Do

Originally written by Clair Rogers; Updated on January 19, 2024 by Candice Criscione to include details from our latest visit Is Matera worth visiting? Yes!  This small city in the Basilicata region is in a part of Southern Italy that often gets overlooked.  It’s one of Italy’s most unique destinations.  Everyone talks about how there’s …

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View of the Florence skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo on a sunny day.

Where to Stay in Florence in 2024 – A Local’s Guide to the Best Neighborhoods and Hotels

Where should we stay in Florence?  This is the question I’m asked most when friends or family are planning a trip to Tuscany’s Renaissance city.  The answer almost always is… it depends!  You can look at accommodation in Florence in 3 ways: BUDGET TRAVELER TYPE NEIGHBORHOOD You can skip ahead to my quick list of …

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